Remember when I said Age of Ultron was going to be brutal emotionally? Well, it isn’t only going to stem from Earth’s Mightiest looking death square in the eyes- hot on the heels of news that Robert Downey Jr. will play a crucial part in Captain America 3, we know better than ever what shape it’s going to take. Variety reports:
The new pact [RDJ’s signing on for more Marvel movies] is significant for the Marvel cinematic universe considering the plot will pit Stark against Captain America’s alter-ego Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act, which forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities.
Stark supports the program, but Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken and Rogers, among others, to go on the run to avoid arrest. The moral question and battle with his Avengers teammate essentially makes Stark a villain of sorts in “Captain America 3,” providing Downey with a meaty role he could play out into future Marvel films, including a fourth “Avengers.”
Holy crap. They’re doing it! They’re really gonna do it- the Civil War’s coming to the big screen! As some have suspected [i.e. ya boy], the Hulkbuster showdown in Age of Ultron is only the beginning of our heroes’ disintegration. This means that the fallout from Age of Ultron is going to be enormous. In the wake of his failed Frankenstein enforcement experiment, the team will be split apart by hostility and distrust towards Tony Stark and anyone too sympathetic towards him. Stark, sorrowful over his part in the Ultron disaster, will try to atone for his sins by backing the Superhero Registration Act in order to reign in super-powered, would-be protectors. Cap will go rogue and lead an underground movement to resist the registration act and the tyranny he fears it truly serves. But who knows where the Hulk will fit into this? He may side with Cap, but he could just as easily be a wild card threatening every side, a fifth column in and of himself. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get much, much darker, and the characters we’ve come to love these past six years will come to know betrayal, attrition, and desolation in ways we never imagined.